It’s been a lackluster summer at the box office thanks to a spree of sequel flops, but, once again, Disney is prepared to give the box office a boost with ‘Toy Story 4’.
The movie is projected to have a massive opening when it comes to 4,575 theaters this weekend. That’s the second-widest opening ever behind ‘Avengers: Endgame’, according to Box Office Mojo, which is projecting it to open with $165 million.
Boxoffice.com is projecting a more conservative $149 million. Chief analyst Shawn Robbins wrote that the movie will benefit from some of the most potent goodwill any animated franchise has ever built up across a handful of films in a quarter-century’s time.
Last year’s ‘Incredibles 2’ holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated movie with $183 million. ‘Toy Story 4’ is expected to fall short of breaking that record, but will likely pass “Finding Dory” as the second-biggest animated opening.
‘Toy Story 4’ raked in $12 million in Thursday previews, the second-best Thursday night for an animated movie, according to Deadline. ‘Incredibles 2’ earned $18.5 million in preview screenings.